Merging health and social care 'key for paying for elderly care'

Posted on 09 September 2011

Merging health and social care would help with paying for long term care for the elderly, according to the architect of free care for the elderly, Lord Sutherland.

In a speech delivered to Scottish MPs on Holyrood's Health Committee, Lord Sutherland explained that integrating the two services was "one of the essentials" for ensuring quality care.

"I would strongly recommend that looking at the integration of these should be part of the focus of how you begin to deal with quality and sustainability," he added.

The Scottish government is expected to go ahead with plans to transfer care for the elderly from councils to the NHS.

This move would see the shift of around 38,500 staff to health boards, providing a single point of access for patients.

Among its concerns, the Health Committee is worried about the balance between private and public care homes, as well as the homes inspection regime.

Posted by Tony Mynott

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